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Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
5:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Room


Summer Hours:

June 18 - Aug. 10, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


All-Agency Inservice

August 13, 2012
8:00-11:30 a.m.

The Concert Hall at
College Community


In this issue:

Remote Work Site (RWS) Program
All Agency Meeting on Monday, August 13
Crozier appointed to STEM Regional Advisory Board
Facilities Update
Iowa SIDS Foundation - Walk for the Future
Live Healthy Iowa
GWAEA Team - Especially for You Race
Bouquets and Kudos...
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
GWAEA Webinars
TQ Professional Development dates
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
Buy, Sell or Trade


Past Issues

Aug. 31, 2012

Aug. 24, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

Aug. 3, 2012

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board





Remote Work Site (RWS) Program

In response to the 2008 Flood a few years ago, Agency procedures were established for staff based at the 6th St facility to work from home during the 2008-09 work year. Since that time, however, there has been no formal work-from-home program in place. In order to support the ongoing interest and needs that have been expressed for this type of work option, a new program has been developed for Contracted and Salaried Staff - the Remote Work Site (RWS) Program. This program will be available beginning the 2012-13 work year for eligible staff who are based in any of the Agency Centers (6th St, 33rd Ave and Coralville).
Details about this program, including a program overview and employee application form, are attached for your information and reference. Please note:
1)       Eligibility for the program will be determined on an individual basis at the supervisor’s discretion.  Employees are to submit an annual application to participate in the program and supervisors will determine if such an arrangement is appropriate for an employee using criteria that are outlined in the overview.
2)       Dedicated work space in an Agency Center will not be provided for employees who participate in the RWS program, however participating employees will have access to Agency facilities including temporary work space.
3)       The program is not available for hourly employees (due to the legal requirements for monitoring the work time of hourly staff).
4)       For 2012-13, eligible employees are to complete and submit their Remote Work Site program application to the supervisor by Sept 1 for consideration.  
5)       Clear guidelines and requirements related to employee schedules, work hours, Agency resources, safety, security and liability are provided in the overview document.
6)       For following work years (after 2012-13), completed application forms will need to be submitted to the supervisor by May 1 for the upcoming work year.
If there are questions or more information is needed regarding this program, employees may contact their supervisor or the Human Resources Office. This program is available to help ensure effective and efficient Agency services and a productive work environment for Agency staff. This program will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes may be made as needed. Employees are invited to provide feedback about what’s working well with the program and/or suggestions for improvement.

All Agency Meeting on Monday, August 13

Mark your calendar to attend the all staff meeting on Monday, August 13 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. This year’s event will be held at the Prairie High School performing arts auditorium, just as it has the last two years.


See the July 20 issue of The Bulletin Board for an article about the inservice.

Joe Crozier appointed to the Governor’s STEM Regional Advisory Board

Gov. Terry Branstad and co-chairs of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, today announced that GWAEA Chief Administrator Joe Crozier has been appointed to serve on the STEM Advisory Council Regional Board  – Southeast Regional.
“The members of the STEM Regional Advisory Boards will serve as boots on the ground and be the most entrenched members of the STEM initiative in their region of Iowa. I am confident that the appointees will provide leadership and assistance in launching the STEM initiative into every school in the state,” said Reynolds.


Crozier said, "I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Southeast Iowa STEM Advisory Board and look forward to expanding STEM opportunities for Iowa's students."
The six regional network hubs are the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development.
The six regional boards are in congruence with the signing of Senate File 2321, Section 12. Members will serve at the pleasure of the governor. Each board will have a maximum of 15 members.

Facilities Update

We’re still looking into participating in relocating to the Johnson County Center with Kirkwood and University of Iowa; we still need some solid figures to fully evaluate this option. Joe Crozier has said, “It seems like the right move for us.” In the meantime, we will work to clean up the Southern facility; Carmen Dixon has been given responsibility for this work. We will also look into possibly redesigning that facility, but this could be costly, and if we decide to relocate, it would not be money well spent. A new sign for the Southern facility has been ordered and will be installed sometime next week.

The office on 33rd Avenue is still on the market. The Autism staff will move back to 33rd Ave. We do not plan to move any other staff into that building. We could use it for more PD if we could get additional parking. We may be able to get an okay from the City to add approximately 30 more parking spaces, which will make the building more useable for PD activities. (The condo group recommended we approach the city about this idea.) We may remove the big table from the room at the top of the stairs, replacing it with classroom tables similar to ones used at Sixth Street. This will make that room more useful as a classroom.

At Sixth Street – “The Turner Room” in the administrative office area will be significantly enlarged. A small professional library will be kept in that room. Current issues of leadership and education magazines will also be available in there. The administrative wing will be reconfigured to be more open. There will be space where people can meet informally and where new technology will be displayed. The workroom near the copier will be redone. The intent is to make the entire area more inviting. The Board room will also be reconfigured with different tables in mid August. It will be available for meetings and classroom use.

New Technology Support Help Desk System

The Grant Wood AEA Technology Support Area has begun the use of a new help desk ticket system called ReadyDesk.   This is in an effort to keep better track of support tickets, utilize our technician time more efficiently, and to improve communication with the staff.  We are requesting that you use this system when submitting requests for technology support (tickets can be submitted 24 hours a day). 


Below are some of the features that ReadyDesk will offer you:
1.  You will be able to submit tickets for technology support and monitor the status of the ticket.
2.  You can look up previous tickets as a reference to remember how an issue was resolved.
3.  You will be able to lookup basic information on your technology assets (computers, tablets etc...) and associate your computer with a job.
4.  We will be building a knowledge base of information within this system of common issues that you can reference to help resolve issues (this may include instruction sheets, manuals, videos, etc...).
5.  There will be a news section within the system.  If we have a major outage or an upcoming planned outage we will post that information here as well as upcoming events.
6.  Technology purchasing requests for software/hardware will be submitted through this system (note:  all purchasing requests should come directly from a supervisor).


To access the System:
Go to the Grant Wood Home Page, link to the Staff Website and select Tech Support (this will bring you to the logon page).

When logging in use your network username and password (this would be the same logon that you would use to logon to your computer).

We have made many efforts to make this system easy to use, because we know your time is valuable.  I am sure there will be a small learning curve, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any issues.  We appreciate your efforts in this matter. 

Instructional Video (6 minutes):
Please contact Heath Ayers with questions:
Heath Ayers
Phone:  x6586

 In memory of our son, Zachary Kyle Renaud, my husband and I are doing a walk for SIDS in Cedar Rapids on August 25 at Noelridge Park. All proceeds will go to the Iowa SIDS Foundation. People may contact me at ext. 6817 or if they would like a pledge sheet, but can’t participate in the walk,

Annette Renaud


Iowa SIDS Foundation
Walk for the Future

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Noelridge Park, Cedar Rapids

Lagoon Pavilion, off of Council Street  


Registration: 8 a.m.
Walk begins at 9 a.m.

This walk site will be feature music, games, cash raffle, entertainment, face painting, and refreshments.


Registration Cost:


Registrations received online or postmarked PRIOR to Aug. 17:

$25 per adult
$10 per child

Registrations received on or AFTER Aug. 18, including walk day:
$30 per adult
$12 per child

How to Register:
Online registration/payment is available at Please select 'continue shopping' to register additional walkers. Online registration will end Aug. 16. Participants can also register on the day of the event.

Live Healthy Iowa - The Next Step Challenge

Sept. 10 – Oct. 19; Registration opens Aug. 7


The six-week step challenge encourages participants to stay active. Teams of 2-10 Iowans compete in a web-based competition tracking the number of “steps” achieved each week. Each Friday team members report their weekly step count in effort to move their team up the challenge leaderboard.  


For $10, each participant will receive:

• Live Healthy Iowa pedometer

• Weekly email containing a motivational message, activity tip and healthy recipe

• Personal online tracking page

• Unlimited access to recipes, workouts and health information on the LHI website

• Opportunity to win team incentives and individual prizes


For information about the GWAEA team, contact Jodi Flynn or Stacy Murphy.

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer


The 22nd annual Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.  This event, co-founded by Mercy Medical Center and General Mills, is held each year to help increase awareness regarding the importance of early detection and screening for breast cancer.



ALL PROCEEDS from the race are used locally to provide breast cancer screening and other support services for individuals in need.


We will once again recruit a Grant Wood Area Education Agency team.  Each participant will pay for their registration fee.  Registering as part of the GWAEA team does not mean you have to walk together as a group.  Your individual race packet(s) will be available for pick-up at the GWAEA Sixth Street or GWAEA Southern Facility.  You have the option to add a GWAEA logo to the back of the t-shirt.
This year’s race will begin on 10th Street SE instead of 8th Street.  The shirts are lime green. There is a 5K run for females and males, a 5K walk for females and males, or a 1-mile Family Fun Walk. Registration fee is $25 or $20 Youth (15 & under).
To register as part of the GWAEA team, we will need to receive your registration forms and registration fee by Wednesday, August 29.  For registration forms and/or additional information, please contact Kim Martin , Stacy Murphy, Karen Desmarais, or Elizabeth Steffensmeier.  

Bouquets and Kudos...

  • to Emily Thomson, GWAEA mentoring consultant, on her first-place finish in the Mount Evans Hill Climb bicycle race, held July 21 in Colorado. Mount Evans hill is the highest paved road in America, with the race starting at 7,540 feet and climbs 27.4 miles to the summit at 14,264 feet. Read more about Emily's race in a feature article at


  • to George and Pam Held on the birth of their first grandbaby - Henry Everett Morris, born July 25 in Des Moines to their daughter, Alicia and her husband, Ryan. Henry weighed
    8 lbs, 2 ounces and 21 inches long.

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Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Visit the link above for archives of the Grant Wood AEA webinars.

The 2012-2013 TQ Professional Development proposal application dates are:

Sept. 6
Nov. 21
Feb. 27
May 29

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Announcements – August 2012



Basic Administration, Scoring and Interpretation of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS-Next)


Advanced Reading Assessment and Instruction


Curriculum Based Evaluation for Reading and Written Language - GWAEA New Staff


Instructional Practices Inventory: A Process for Analyzing and Improving Student Engaged Learning


iPad Learning opportunities


Grant Wood AEA Staff training opportunities:


For a complete listing of all upcoming trainings:


For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator,
ext. 6517.

Buy, Sell and Trade


For Sale: 2 one-way vouchers for Allegiant Airlines. Can be used separately or combined for round trip. Flight must be completed by Sept. 29. Good anywhere Allegiant flys from the Eastern Iowa Airport. $100. Contact Stu Weinbrenner, ext. 6718 or 363-8466 after 5 pm.


For Sale: Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display) still new in the box and unopened.  I would like to get $90 for it.  Here is the link to Amazon for more details on the item: Please call 665-3717 or by email


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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